PlayStation 3 Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) Fix Kit

$39.95

Product code: IF213-028

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PlayStation 3 Yellow Light of Death (YLOD) Fix Kit

$39.95

Product code: IF213-028

Product Overview

Get your dead PS3 gaming again.

  • All the bits and pieces to fix a Yellow Light'd PS3 (Not PS3 Slims).
  • Designed by our Teardown Techs.
  • Not a guaranteed fix for a Yellow Light PS3, yet this is the best solution short of a full replacement.
  • International option available for non-US customers—we can't ship heat guns out of the country.
  • No Tools option includes enough replacement thermal pads and compound for five YLOD repairs.

Kit Contents:

Compatibility

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  • All Sony PlayStation 3 models (excluding PlayStation 3 Slim)

Product Details

$39.95 US Only

 

US Only:

This product only ships to US addresses

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Sold as-is; no refunds or returns

Notes:

Due to voltage requirements and shipping issues this product is only available for shipment to customers in the United States. International orders will be cancelled.

$24.95 International

 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Sold as-is; no refunds or returns

Notes:

This option does not include a heat gun. A heat gun is necessary for successfully repairing the YLoD.

$49.95 No Tools / 5-Pack

 

Condition:

New

Warranty:

Sold as-is; no refunds or returns

Notes:

Fix your friends' PS3s, or start your own repair business! Kit includes materials to preform 5 YLOD repairs. Does not include tools. This item is for customers who have already purchased one YLOD kit with tools.

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Stories

My Problem

YLOD.

My Fix

This was my first attempt at any sort of device repair but I saw the ifixit video and thought what the heck, why spend $100 for a YLOD repair when I can do it myself. Loooooooong story short I got the initial problem fixed only to realize the bluray disc drive needs to be repaired or replaced because it won't load or eject discs. I reset the disc drive and still no luck.

My Advice

Be prepared to take it apart all over again and definitely use a screw tray or post it notes with where you removed said screws from. Tenacity pays off!

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My Problem

My 8 yr old PS3 "Fat" 60gb shut itself down during a session of Gran Turismo 6 and gave me a blinking red light, and wouldn't boot anymore. I looked into it and figured it was an overheat problem, similar to the YLOD.

My Fix

I followed the iFixit guide along with a few walk-thru videos I found on YouTube. Took awhile to get the PS3 motherboard out, but all went well. After the fix was done, I put the thing back together in less than 20 mins and, lo, it worked again!!

My Advice

1 - Get the kit. It's going to save you a lot of time and frustration. I was going to cobble the tools together myself but had no guarantee they'd work as I needed them to.

2- Don't be afraid of using some heat. I used the heat gun while I had the motherboard sitting on some wooden spoons above an inverted Pyrex dish over a stove burner set on low (sorry for the run-on, see pics for description).

My Problem

My 9-year old 500GB PS3 gave me the YLOD and I have a few games I haven't played yet (and am too cheap to invest in the PS4 at this time).

My Fix

I'm an electronic layman, so it took the better part of a day (I also have 2 kids under 3 that stymied my efforts), but everything turned out great!

My Advice

Watch the video and read the guide first! There are subtle differences that may confuse a layman.

My Problem

Came home from work to a PS3 the was flashing the ylod

My Fix

I took my time and studied over the repair guide found on ifixit... Spent a couple of hours on taking my PS3 apart and cleaning just about every inch of it... Then took each step provided on ifixit on re flowing the solder and reapplication of thermal paste, I sort of had my doubts, but to my surprise when I got it back together I plugged it in and I came on... I was so happy, didn't loose any of my game data!

My Advice

Taking your time and taking not of what screws go where, never get into a rush while repairing any electronic hardware

My Problem

Got the yellow light of death, PS3 was out of commission for a whole month.

My Fix

The repair went without a hitch. Folowed the directions closely and carefully, and the PS3 was all ready to go within two hours. Would recommend to anyone who has the YLOD problem instead of buying another PS3 or sending it back to sony at 3X the repair kit price.

My Advice

I'm very glad that the repair instructions were so user friendly, as I am a non-tech savvy person. Kudos!

My Problem

One day my PS3 had the yellow light of death. Tried the hairdryer method which didn't work. Got a new PS3 slim replacement but my son kept on asking me to fix the old one.

My Fix

Watched the tutorial video several times and went along with the video as I disassembled my PS3. Had to look for other videos on doing the actual repair (using the heat gun and applying the thermal paste). Reassembling was hard since going through each step in the video in reverse was confusing. Ended up having one screw which I failed to put back. I wasn't expecting it to work from the start and was very surprised and happy it did.

My Advice

In other videos they advise to use the heatgun for 1 and a half minutes on each area instead of 25 seconds so that's what I did. I honestly am uncertain if the YLOD is caused by both drying up of the thermal paste and melting of the sodder. I'm thinking having at least one of them is enough to cause the YLOD and in my case maybe it was just because the thermal paste dried out. This seems easier to fix than reflowing the sodder. Maybe that's also why I succeeded. My first advise is not to expect it to work because it really may not, as experienced and shared by others here. Set enough time for the fix. It took me almost four hours from start to finish. Take care in labeling and sorting out the screws and pieces. I was thinking of using permanent markers of different colors to mark the screws and where they were supposed to go. Find a video on reassembling the PS3 to guide you and make it easier for you. Good luck and I hope you can put in your own successful repair story in the future.

My Problem

The classic Light Yellowght of Death-cracked solder, bad thermal paste pads, really dusty

My Fix

Disassembly was long for a first time repair. I almost broke the ribbon cable clip for the Blu-ray. After disassembly, my assistant and I reflowed the solder with the included heat gun. We then applied a nice layer of thermal paste and thermal pads, also included, just before attaching the heat sink.

My Advice

Enlightenment? Be REALLY careful about the ribbon cable clips... a ps3 that we would fix with this kit is awfully old. Don't be too concerned about where to put the board, it doesn't really have to get THAT hot to reflow the solder. Last thing is- it may leave your fan ruining awfully loudly...

My Problem

System was completely in operable

My Fix

Perfect and easy repair due in part to the step by step instructions

My Advice

Keep your PS3 .....and 4 off the ground by a few inches with mini stands to allow air circulation and prevent over heating and solder reflow issue from happening.

My Problem

Kept getting the Yellow Light of Death on my original release PS3.

My Fix

Very easy to follow instructions online and the kit is absolutely great! Took me about 3 hours total, but I am far from an expert in the inner-workings of game consoles. It's working flawlessly so far.

My Advice

Take your time and keep your screws and components organized.

My Problem

The PS3 was the original from 2006. The last 2 months I let my son play Madden 15 (disc version) for about 3-5 hours daily. The PS3 first wiped the hard drive. Odd, I though I would download my stuff since I have a PS plus account. I let it download overnight and in the morning returned to a weird flashing red light.

I tried to turn it on multiple times only to see that there was a yellow flash in between the red flashes. The Madden disc was trapped in the PS3.

My Fix

The repair was less then 2 hours and went well which I owe my experience to fixing and repairing laptops.

I spent a lot more time sucking out the dust bunnies inside the case and cleaned the fan to almost new condition.

The old thermal paste was hard and I removed it with rubbing alcohol which is fast and safe.

The heat gun alone is worth the price. I followed along more with the video then the guide. There was about 38 screws total. One thing that makes the repair go smooth is after I remove a screw, I put a label by the hole with a number and then stick that screw on the number on the sheet.

When putting the PS3 back together I wish there was a reverse video.

I have been running the PS3 in time increments of 1-3hours mostly for downloading. I have a large collection. Just yesterday it was running for 18hrs straight. I gamed with no problem.

My Advice

Clean the dust completely out of the system. When it is torn apart, consider replacing the CR2032 battery. Make sure you completely remove the old thermal paste and most important to put a thin even layer back on. Clean the fan.